“He’s happy, but the reality is that I pushed him into signing that deal. I told people over the weekend that he’d sign within the next week…I wanted him to s**t or get off the pot. He was in this limbo forever, and he needed more motivation to make a decision…Let me ask you a question. Do you think that there’s any guy we can’t get that I want? Other than Fedor [Emelianenko]? So far, he’s been the one guy we can’t get. But everyone else that we’ve wanted, we got. If I wanted Dan Henderson, I could’ve signed him…For the money he wanted, he’s not worth it. He’s not a big pay-per-view star, he’s not a big attraction, and he’s not going to sell out arenas. He wants way too much and he doesn’t bring anything to the table.”
—Dana White, via MMA Fanhouse, reacting to to news that Dan Henderson signed with Strikeforce
In the press release Strikeforce issued today announcing the signing, Dan Henderson simply thanked Dana and the UFC.
“Strikeforce and its growing roster of world-class talent will offer me many exciting fights and has the ability to bring many new fans from all around the world to mixed martial arts. I am grateful to Scott Coker for the opportunity to help make this happen and for treating me with the utmost respect throughout our negotiations…I’d also like to thank Dana (White) and the UFC for the opportunities they provided me, and I wish them ongoing success. I’ll continue to watch their events, and I hope they’ll tune in to my fights in Strikeforce. After all, I’m a true fan of our fantastic sport and would love only to see MMA continue to grow.”
Meanwhile, Dana also told Fanhouse that nothing, including signing Hendo, is going to help them compete with the UFC.
“Nothing’s going to help Strikeforce. They have too many fighters under contract and not enough events. They can’t keep some of their obligations to fighters already. Either they’re going to start breaching contracts or paying fighters not to fight. It’ll take a lot more than one guy to help them. Their whole business model is f****d. They’re coming after UFC? Yeah, OK.”
Considering the source take that with a grain of salt, but it raises the question a lot of people are asking, including myself. Strikeforce has gone on a signed spree lately landing some of the biggest names available. How can they afford it? And have they bitten off more than they can chew? Time will tell…